Journal of the San Juan Islands


Musical & medical together in perfect harmony

February 8, 2014 · 5:59 PM

The San Juan Islands' very own symphony orchestra, Island Sinfonia (shown above), will perform a free concert Saturday, Feb. 15, in the lobby of Peace Island Medical Center, in Friday Harbor. / Contributed file photo

All those clamps, sutures, stethoscopes and sonagrams? They’ll probably take a backseat or an hour or so.

That’s because the featured instruments of the day at Peace Island Medical Center will include the clarinet, violin, trumpet, flute, bassoon, cello, french horn, oboe, saxophone and one double-bass, as the medical center opens its doors to host Island Sinfonia, the San Juans very own symphony orchestra, Saturday, Feb. 15.

PIMC breezewayPresented by the medical center as part of its “A Year of Firsts” events, the free concert will take place in the PIMC lobby and gets under way at 1 p.m. (Space is limited)

Island Sinfonia (Italian for “Little Symphony”), which debuted on Shaw Island more than two decades ago, carries the distinction of the San Juan Islands’ longest continuously performing musical group. The symphony consists of musicians from all the ferry-served islands—about 22 in all, the majority of whom reside on Orcas—and is led by Shaw Island-based conductor Ned Griffin.

They symphony’s repertoire is deep, expansive and varied, ranging from classics by composers such as Beethoven and Bizit, to the Broadway tunes of Rogers & Hammerstein. The concert is expected to last up to 90 minutes.


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